Cavalry Regiment & Ia Drang

There are currently nine regular cavalry regiments of the British Army, with two tank regiments provided by the Royal Tank Regiment, traditionally classed alongside the cavalry, for a total of eleven regiments. The Ia Drang Valley is a valley located about 32 miles south west of Pleiku in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. 5.0/5

Cavalry Regiment Ia Drang United States Army Basil L. Plumley Vietnam War Cavalry Division Korean War General Hal Moore South Vietnam Sam Elliott North Vietnam Central Highlands Lieutenant General Distinguished Service Cross Command Sgt West Virginia Hal Moore

Ia Drang-1965 The Battle of Ia Drang was the first major battle between regulars of the United States Army and regulars of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN / NVA) of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The two-part battle took place between November 14 and November 18, 1965, at two landing zones (LZs) northwest of Plei Me in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam (approximately 35 miles south-west of Pleiku) as part of the U.S. airmobile offensive codenamed Operation Silver Bayonet. The battle derives its name from the Drang River which runs through the valley northwest of Plei Me, in which the engagement took place. Ia means "river" in the local Montagnard language. Representing the American forces were elements of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division: the 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, facing elements of the B3 Front of the PAVN (including the 304 Division) and Viet Cong. The battle involved close a ...
This man is one of my personal hero's. He was a good man, and an excellent solider!! Basil L. Plumley (January 1, 1920 – October 10, 2012[1]) was a United States Army command Sergeant Major. He is most famous for his actions as a Sergeant-Major of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang (Vietnam, 1965). General Hal Moore praised Plumley as an outstanding NCO and leader in the 1992 book about this battle We Were Soldiers Once...And Young. The book was the basis for the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, in which Plumley was played by Sam Elliott. He was known affectionately by his soldiers as "Old Iron Jaw".
Command Sgt. Major Basil Plumley, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, died Oct. 10 after a short battle with cancer. He was 92. Plumley was the command Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, during the November 1965 Ia Drang battle. Plumley's bravery in Vietnam was probabl...
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